Any material that contains less than one percent asbestos is considered non-regulated. Several years ago experts estimated that there was an 83 percent increase in imports of asbestos brakes and brake material. This is why there was a fight for a global asbestos ban.
To avoid potential exposure, only trained and state certified employees may remove, drill, bore, or in any way disturb asbestos containing construction material. Covering involves placing a protective wrap over or around the material that contains the asbestos to prevent the release of fibers.
Until you receive the results, treat the material as if it contains asbestos. Usually it is best to leave asbestos material that is in good condition alone. Before asbestos removal, insist that the contractor apply a wetting agent to the asbestos material with a fine-mist hand sprayer.
Depending on its condition, asbestos in your home may be hazardous to your health. Many of the largest manufacturers and distributors of asbestos products knew of the health risks caused by asbestos in the 1930s and 1940s.
Breathing asbestos fibers poses the greatest health risk. A person must generally be exposed to asbestos for a long period of time (10 or more years) before health effects occur. Some experts claim if managed properly the asbestos will not pose a health risk. Victims allege the companies knew of the health risks of asbestos long before they took it off the market.
The only way to truly remove the threat of asbestos exposure and its dangerous health effects is to remove all asbestos from the property since, unfortunately, when microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled that’s when these minerals become a health hazard. While beliefs about the hazard of asbestos are polarized, researchers do concur that there is a health risk.
Contact with asbestos has been found to present a much greater health hazard than previously thought, and should never be used in schools.
There is no safe level of exposure, so contact with any amount of asbestos can be harmful. By not disturbing the vermiculite, you are reducing your chances for exposure to asbestos. But, some people believe there is no safe level of asbestos exposure level and that any schools containing it should undergo a removal plan. High, short-term, exposure to asbestos fibers can occur during do-it-yourself work. Potential asbestos exposure can occur at schools, homes, and public buildings if asbestos products have fallen into disrepair or become damaged.
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